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Beale Street free

Memphis 38103 | Official website
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  • Type: Neighborhood/Area
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.1)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Food Scene: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 3.0 (3.0)
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Are you looking for the heart and soul of Memphis culture? Head over to Beale Street. It was here that the blues was born, and many famous musicians -- including B.B. King, Alberta Hunter and Isaac Hayes -- got their start. During the day, stores and restaurants beckon with music memorabilia and savory barbecue, while at night, the area between Second and Fourth Streets comes to life as numerous live music clubs open their doors to music fans of all types. One TripAdvisor user writes: "If you enjoy music and good food in a relaxed atmosphere, Beale Street is the place to be … Street performers are always entertaining and the open air concerts in between buildings are awesome." The Beale Street area is also home to several popular attractions such as the Orpheum Theater, the W. C. Handy House and the A. Schwab Dry Goods Store.

However, bear in mind that Beale Street is party central, and much like Bourbon Street in New Orleans, this area tends to attract a rowdier crowd. If you are looking for a more laid-back night out, check out Overton Square in Midtown instead.

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